Tuesday, July 13, 2010

George M Steinbrenner III: From A Fan's Point Of View

It has been a sad week for Yankee fans. In my latest post for Empire Sports now, I take a look at George Steinbrenner from a fan's perspective.


-Mike Tursi

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Remembering Bob Sheppard

In my latest post for Empire Sports Now, I honor the legendary man who gave a voice to Yankee Stadium. Bob Sheppard was a man who became as iconic as the ballpark he helped turn into a cathedral.


-Mike Tursi

Friday, July 9, 2010

Life after "The Decision"

And so, we have completed day 1 ALD (After LeBron's Decision). And we've found out a few things about our brave new world. For one thing, it's a lot quieter than the final days of the old world. During the counting down to "The Decision" (Do I owe ESPN royalties for the use of this?), the sports world was in a frenzy on what team King James would choose to play for next season. The announcement itself seemed so anticlimactic. How could it not be. It was impossible to live up to that kind of hype. Did I mention there was an hour long special on ESPN?

Things have now pretty much returned to normal. In New York, Knick fans have gone back to coveting Amare Stoudemire. In Chicago, the same can be said about Carlos Boozer. Those crickets you here; that's Cleveland. The only place to really be affected by all of this is Miami. This is the place in which LeBron James has decided to try and make his legend a reality. Which is something he could never quite realize in Cleveland.

There were no Parades. No keys to the city given out. The sun rose, and we all went about our day. The verdict on this choice is still months, maybe years, away. After all, that's what free agency is. Hope. You can dress it up and sell it anyway you want. But a championship isn't rewarded in July.

The noise will return. It will rise to a crescendo preceding a trip to Cleveland, or to Madison Square Garden. Which is where, for the past two years, most people thought James would be playing his home games. After that, the noise will fade again. Until the playoffs, which is where the noise will be justified. Then, and only then, will his decision be put to the test.

But until that time comes, we will go about our business in this new world much as we did in the old one. With not much concern for what LeBron James is doing or where he is going.

-Mike Tursi

History In Action, Part I: Derek Jeter

My latest post for Empire Sports Now is the first in a four part series that takes a look at the Yankees Core Four and their status in Yankee lore. First up, Derek Jeter.


-Mike Tursi

Monday, June 21, 2010

Teixeira Reprises Role As Bronx Bomber; Helps Yankees To Subway Series Victory

My latest post for Empire Sports Now takes a look at Mark Teixeira finding his swing and leading the Yankees past the Mets in the Subway Series.


-Mike Tursi

Friday, June 18, 2010

A World Series Rematch? Hardly

My latest post for Empire Sports Now talks about how the Interleague Matchup between the 2009 World Series opponents couldn't possibly live up to the unnecessary media hype.


-Mike Tursi

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The 2010 Philadelphia Flyers: One Last Look Back

My latest post for The Hockey Herald takes one final look at the Philadelphia Flyers improbable 2010 season.


-Mike Tursi